Former union minister Tapan Sikdar passes away, BJP says great loss to party

New Delhi, June 2 (ANI): Senior BJP leader and former union minister Tapan Sikdar passed away in AIIMS Hospital, in New Delhi on Monday following a cardiac arrest. 69-year-old Sikdar who served as Union minister from 2004 to 2009 was suffering from kidney problem. BJP president Rajnath Singh and senior party leader LK Advani expressed grief over his death. Jun 2, 2014

Removal of GoM and EGoM good decision, 100% FDI should be welcomed: FICCI

New Delhi, June 02 (ANI): FICCI President Sidharth Birla on Monday gave his reviews about the latest developments made by the BJP government within their few days of administration. Birla stated that the decision of removing GoMs and EGoMs was a much awaited decision by FICCI and it will increase efficiency of work by reducing accountability. Talking about 100% FDI in defence he said that this issue is open for discussion but also expressed that for the purpose of stability, 100% FDI will be welcomed. Jun 2, 2014

Gold in India drops in longest losing streak in nearly 7 months

Visakhapatnam, June 02 (ANI): Gold slid for a fifth straight session on Monday, in its longest losing streak since November, as investor sentiment was hurt by stronger global equities and weak physical demand in Asia. The 5-day fall is the metal's longest losing streak since October-November when it fell for seven straight days. On Monday, as gold prices fell, customers in Visakhapatnam made a beeline to jewellery shops. A customer, Deepti, was elated over the fall in the gold price and said that even the middle class can afford to buy the precious metal. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said any action on gold should take into account the interests of the public and traders, not just economics and policy. Jun 2, 2014

King Juan Carlos, tainted hero of Spain's democracy

King Juan Carlos, who abdicated on Monday aged 76, led Spain to democracy after decades of dictatorship and foiled a military coup, winning widespread respect that later crumbled away in the face of royal scandals. Duration: 01:54 Jun 2, 2014

10 killed, 15 injured in an accident in Karnataka's Gulbarga

Gulbarga, June 2 (ANI): Atleast ten people have been killed and another fifteen injured on Monday, when a maxi-cab and a bus collided in Karnataka's Gulbarga district. The injured have been rushed to the hospital. Further details are awaited. Jun 2, 2014

Politicos react as India gets new state of Telangana

New Delhi, June 2 (ANI): Politicos on Monday reacted over the formation of the new state of Telangana. Congress leader Digvijay Singh extended his greetings to the people of the new state. BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu also extended his greetings to the people of Telangana. Jun 2, 2014

SC stays execution of Yakub Memon in 1993 Mumbai blasts case

New Delhi, June 02 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the execution of death row convict Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, a key conspirator with Dawood Ibrahim in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. Petitioner in the case said that there has been a huge delay in the case and the convict has been in jail for past 20 years and that hanging him was unfair and therefore the decision is a welcome one. Jun 2, 2014

First meeting of SIT on black money today, Politicos react

New Delhi, June 02 (ANI): Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Ali Anwar on Monday remained cautiously optimistic on Government initiated efforts to constitute an SIT on black money which holds their first meeting on Monday. Meanwhile, Congress said it is good that SIT meeting is taking place, but the people of the nation want to know about the steps government is taking to bring the black money back. The first high-level meeting of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on black money and special probe into cases of unaccounted funds stashed by Indians abroad, will be held in New Delhi on Monday. Jun 2, 2014

Ram Vilas Paswan, his son meet Badaun gang-rape victim's families

Badaun, June 02 (ANI): LJP Chief Ram Vilas Paswan and his son Chirag Paswan on Monday visited Badaun district of UP and met the families of the infamous gang-rape victims. Paswan and his son condemned the incident and demanded justice for them as they wish no compensation and just justice meted out to them. Meanwhile, Chirag Paswan also attacked the state government for the inaction in the case. Jun 2, 2014

MHA demands implementation of SC/ ST act in Badaun gang-rape case

New Delhi, June 02 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju on Monday said that the Home ministry has written a letter to the Uttar Pradesh government and demanded the implementation of SC/ ST act in the Badaun gang-rape case. He said that this is very normal and the letter contains only what was required to be done. Jun 2, 2014

BJP workers protest against UP CM Akhilesh Yadav over Badaun gang rape case

Lucknow, June 02 (ANI): BJP women workers on Monday started protest against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav over the Badaun gangrape and murder case. In order to stop the protesters marching towards Yadav's residence and office, the state police used water cannons against them. There was heavy police deployment outside the Chief Minister's residence and office. Angry protesters claimed that the police also lathicharged them. Earlier, BJP state President Laxmikant Bajpai had said that women workers of the party would organise a gherao of the Chief Minister's office this morning. Jun 2, 2014

Maharashtra inducts two new members in its cabinet

Mumbai, June 02 (ANI): The Maharashtra government inducted two new ministers in its cabinet on Monday. Incumbent legislator from Latur constituency of the state, Amit Deshmukh, took oath as the Minister of State while legislator Abdul Sattar from Sillod constituency took oath as the new Cabinet Minister. Governor of Maharashtra, K Sankaranarayanan, administered the oath of office to both the legislators at Raj Bhavan. Deshmukh is a first- time minister and the elder son of late Maharashtra chief Vilasrao Deshmukh. Abdul Sattar, a politician and two-time legislator was the Minister of State in the government of former state chief, Ashok Chavan. Jun 2, 2014

Naveen Patnaik meets Modi, seeks special status for Odisha

New Delhi, June 02 (ANI): Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded special category status for his state. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Patnaik ruled out joining the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Patnaik was accompanied by all 24 MPs belonging to his party when he met Modi for the first time after the regime change at the Centre. Jun 2, 2014